Detroit Titans vs. Youngstown State Penguins Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/9/14
Youngstown State Penguins (13-11) at Detroit Titans (11-14)
College Basketball: Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 2:00 pm (Calihan Hall)
The Line: Detroit Titans -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Youngstown State hopes to put the brakes on a two-game slide when they visit Detroit Sunday.
The Breakdown: The Penguins sit in sixth place in the Horizon League, dropping to 4-5 after losing their second straight Wednesday toWright State 77-67. Youngstown State was outshot from the field 51.2 percent to 46.0 percent and from outside the arc 50.0 percent to 21.1 percent. The Penguins also conceded a narrow 26-24 advantage on the boards and committed 14 turnovers. Sophomore F Ryan Weber scored a game-high 21 points, including 7 of 8 from the free throw line, senior G Kendrick Perry had 16 points and 5 assists, and sophomore F Bobby Hain added 12 points and 9 rebounds. On the season, Youngstown State is averaging 78.5 ppg on 46.6 percent shooting. Perry leads the team with 20.4 ppg, followed by senior F Kamren Belin at 11.8 ppg.
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Meanwhile, Detroit sits in 7th place in the conference with a record of 4-6 and come in off a 59-57 victory over Valparaiso Friday. The Titans were outshot from the field 40.4 percent to 38.0 percent, but topped the Crusaders from outside the arc 50.0 percent to 27.8 percent. Detroit also came away with a 37-30 advantage on the boards and forced 15 turnovers. Junior F Juwan Howard, Jr. scored a game-high 19 points, including 3 of 6 from downtown, senior F Evan Bruinsma had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and sophomore G Carlton Brundidge added 8 points and 5 steals off the bench. Through 25 games, the Titans are averaging 71.3 ppg on 41.8 percent shooting. Howard leads the team with 17.8 ppg, followed by Bruinsma at 12.5 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -2.5 for Detroit. Youngstown State took out the Titans by 14 three weeks ago, but look for Detroit to exact some revenge in this one and cover.